Below you will find information about what the classes in Year 3 and 4 are learning about this term. You might also like to view our Recent Events page to see photos of what the children have been learning in school and our Homework page for ways that you can support learning at home.
We continue our English curriculum with our Talk for writing focus. During the first half of this term we will study two texts: Lazy Jack – a story with a familiar setting and then a poetry unit linked to our topic – the British Isles. We begin the second half of the Autumn tern with a persuasive text linked to our art topic and finish the term with an information text – “Why Bats Sleep in the Day”
The children will be studying a range of concepts and calculations focused on number. These will include; place value, different methods for addition and subtraction, word problems, methods for multiplication and division, number puzzles, doubling and halving and fractions. In addition to the number focus; children will also work on 2D and 3D shapes, handling data, measure activities and presenting data.
During the first half of the Autumn term, the children will be learning about the British Isles focusing on where they live, geographical regions, physical features and map work. In the second half of the term they will study the lives and works of three different artists; Munch, Picasso and Dali. They will compare their different styles of painting and create images based on their work.
We will begin the year with a study of Plants focusing on the functions of different parts of the plant. The children will identify and learn the different parts and plan and carry out experiments to establish which factors affect plant growth. Our second unit is Light. Children will learn to recognise the importance of light and the sun, darkness being the absence of light, reflection and how light is reflected. They will continue to work practically, carrying out experiments focusing on fair testing and learning and using appropriate scientific vocabulary.
Our first unit focuses on Basic Skills. Throughout the course of this unit children will develop their word processing skills, create and organise folders for their work, learn about the importance of E.safety and access the internet for research to support their learning. During the second half of the term the children will continue to learn and develop their coding skills by accessing the Espresso Coding units.
We continue to work on our core scheme of Real P.E. focusing on teaching integral skills to support children’s development. The two units covered this term focus on learning different ways of moving to create pathways and developing balance and agility. In addition, Year 4 children will have swimming lessons and Year 3 children will have rugby training lead by a rugby coach.
This will be a block of learning during the first week of term. It focuses on new beginnings, creating and developing friendships and working together.
In the first half of the term we will continue to use the Charanga program by studying the unit “Let your Sprit Fly.” The second half of the term will be devoted to learning and performing songs for the pantomime.
Both units in French are linked to our topic work. Initially, the children will learn French phrases describing the weather and this will be followed by a unit based on portraits. Children will learn French vocabulary for facial features and parts of the body.
In R.E. we continue to study comparative religions and beliefs focusing on everyday life and how different religious beliefs impact on it. Our first unit being, “What does it feel like to be a Jew?” followed by, “Who can inspire us?”